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A Category-theoretic Approach to Syntactic Software Merging

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A Category-theoretic Approach to Syntactic Software Merging
Software merging is a common and essential activity during the lifespan of large-scale software systems. Traditional textual merge techniques are inadequate for detecting syntactic merge conflicts. In this paper, we propose a domain-independent approach for syntactic software merging that exploits the graph-based structure(s) of programs. We use morphisms between fuzzy graphs to capture the relationships between the structural elements of the programs to be merged, and apply a truth ordering lattice to express inconsistencies and evolutionary properties as we compute the merge. We demonstrate the approach with a three-way consolidation merge in a commercial software system; in particular, we show how analyzing merged call structures can help developers gain a better understanding and control of software evolution.
Nan Niu, Steve M. Easterbrook, Mehrdad Sabetzadeh
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Where ICSM
Authors Nan Niu, Steve M. Easterbrook, Mehrdad Sabetzadeh
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